A Must-watch Show

Carol Shetler remembers how important Star Trek was to her family when she was growing up, and especially the effect that the show’s strong female characters had on her.

Star Trek was a must-watch TV show in my home from 1966 to 1969, when I was in grades 4 through 7. My mom and I were both astronomy and science-fiction enthusiasts, so Star Trek appealed to us on both levels. When the show mentioned a star system or planet such as “Rigel 12,” I would look up Rigel on my star map, and I would try to imagine what the twelfth planet would be like.

My favorite characters in the original Star Trek were Spock and Scotty – both good-looking fellows and great problem-solvers! They showed me it was cool to be smart. My curiosity helped me excel in school, and both of these characters used their curiosity to do their jobs well.

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Tasha Yar, one of the fascinating female characters in the Star Trek Universe.

I continued to watch all the Star Trek movies and series as they came out. Star Trek‘s many strong and fascinating women characters, such as Lt. Uhura, Tasha Yar, Dr. Crusher, Guinan, Kira Nerys, Jadzia Dax, Captain Janeway, Lt. Torres, and T’Pol, kept me watching all the different series. I always felt that, if I had the chance, I could live a happy and successful life in the Star Trek Universe.

Live long and prosper!

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